Introducing the DUET

David Catterick, Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Dundee

DUET
  1. Background

    Origins:

    Perceived need for an examination that would be a:

    Facts & Figures:

  2. Overview of the DUET Exam

    Main test contains:

    Listening

    (30 minutes: 20 minutes listening + 10 minutes to transfer answers)

    3 listening texts

    25 questions

    Text 1: a dialogue between two speakers in a specific University of Dundee context.

    Text 2: a conversation between two students on a topic of general interest.2

    Text 3: an extract from a lecture or other academic talk given by a member of staff at the University of Dundee.3

    Question types include:

    Reading

    (45 minutes)

    3 reading texts (each text 250 – 1,000 words)

    25 questions

    Text 1: an authentic text from a City of Dundee or University of Dundee context

    Text 2: an academic or pseudo-academic text based on research connected with theUniversity of Dundee or city/region (often containing graphical or tabular information). 4

    Text 3: an academic text adapted from a research article on a topic of general academic interest. 5

    Question types include:

    The portfolio contains:

    Speaking

    Writing

  3. Pre-testing and correlation with the IELTS

    Item Validation

    IELTS score

    DUET scores

    DUET score average

    6.5

    15 / 17

    16.0

    6.0

    15 / 15 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18

    16.0

    5.5

    9 / 12 / 17 / 18

    14.0

    5.0

    10 / 11 / 11 / 12 / 12 / 16 / 18

    13.0

    (Listening)

    IELTS score

    DUET scores

    DUET score average

    6.5

    17

    17.0

    6.0

    17 / 18 / 16 / 15 / 12

    15.6

    5.5

    15 / 16 / 12 / 16 / 12

    14.2

    5.0

    14 / 14 / 10 / 14 / 17

    13.8

    (Reading)

    IELTS score

    DUET scores

    DUET score average

    6.5

     

     

    6.0

    19 / 15 / 16 / 12

    15.5

    5.5

    12 / 15 / 13 / 13 / 16 / 15 / 13

    13.9

    5.0

    13 / 16 / 11 / 9 / 14 / 17 / 13 / 16 / 13

    13.5

  4. Portfolio assessment

    “The positive impact that portfolios have on both teachers and learners is in itself sufficient reason to continue to use them, even if it cannot be demonstrated that portfolio assessment is technically more reliable than more traditional one-off tasks” (Brindley & Ross, 2001:153) 6

    Lessons learned

  5. References

    1 Wang,H.X. (2001, June 20) “Cultural Revolution needed to get the right answers” Guardian Available online: http://education.guardian.co.uk/tefl/story/0,5500,509895,00.html

    6 Brindley,G. & Ross,S. (2001) “EAP Assessment: Issues, models, and outcomes” in Flowerdew,J. & Peacock,M (Eds.) (2001) Research Persepctives on English for Academic Purposes Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

  6. VII Sample page sections from the DUET main test

    Listening Paper (Section 2)
    Listening Paper (Section 2)
    Listening Paper (Section 3)
    Listening Paper (Section 3)
    Reading Paper (Section 2)
    Reading Paper (Section 2)
    Reading Paper (Section 3))
    Reading Paper (Section 3)
    Portfolio (Short essay - home)
    Portfolio (Short essay - home)
  7. Sample materials from the DUET Portfolio

    Portfolio (Short essay - marking criteria)
    Portfolio (Short essay - marking criteria)
    Portfolio (Assignment Marking Criteria)
    Portfolio (Assigment Marking Criteria)
    Portfolio (Discussion Marking Criteria)
    Portfolio (Discussion Marking Criteria)

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